A Hopetown Wrinkle in Time
What a Wrinkle in Time we have been blessed with this summer. To think that we have completed six camps and seen two-hundred kids experience the Hope that comes from the cross, we can't help but look back in wonder... in wonder that God has provided safety, movement in each child's heart, and carried out His plan in such magnificence.
The first night of 7th-8th grade camp we watched the made-for-TV movie, A Wrinkle in Time. For those of you who haven't read it, it is a story of good and evil and the fact that even an awkward, self-conscious pre-teen and her little brother can make a difference. We talked at camp about lots of different themes, but one was how we are called to have a sense of Wonder at the works of God.
Melissa taught one night on 1 Kings 19 and how Elijah stood on the mountain waiting for God to pass by and that first there was a mighty wind, then an earthquake, and a fire...but it was in the gentle breeze that He came. We talked about how so often we talk about this verse in terms of how God came in the gentle breeze, but this week we talked about the Wonder, Terror, and Amazement that Elijah must have experienced standing on that mountain feeling the mighty wind, Earthquake and watching the fire blaze around him.
After the morning that we talked about 1 Kings, we went on the lake and tube'd, played on our new double banana, fished, skied, and went to dinner on the lake. On our way back to Hopetown from dinner, I heard little voices of wonder all around me saying "look at that rainbow" "Have you ever seen a triple rainbow?" "Wow"...
That is my favorite part of Camp Hopetown. That it is not us who creates the experience or wonder for the kids, but God. He has consistently shown us His wonder this summer...through rainbows, safe-keeping, lightning shows, rocks, small and tall children, and so on.
Thank you all so much for being a part of showing us His wonder by praying, cleaning, building, and giving money, banana boats, boats, bikes, life jackets, and food... We are so grateful, to all of you and many others, that we have currently raised $94,740!!! We do still have $45,260 to get us through the summer months. You may ask how we still have this much to go... it, however, costs $35,000 monthly over and above counselor fees to run the office...along with clean-up and follow-up of camp costs.
Thank you all so much for your support this summer! We truly are in wonder of your willingness to give in so many ways!
Kathleen Goff & Brian Anderson